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February 1, 2014
It took only a matter of hours following the news of Flower's exit for Gillespie to be mentioned as a strong possible contender for the role of managing England. His positive effect on the Yorkshire dressing room and uncomplicated coaching style has raised comparisons with his fellow South Australian and adopted northerner Darren Lehmann.
But Gillespie told ESPNcricinfo he was adamant that his immediate future lay with Yorkshire. He expressed a desire to move into international coaching in time but did not wish to entertain leaving the county job in which he has mentored the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and took the club to a second-place finish behind Durham in the 2013 Championship.
"I'm 100% committed to Yorkshire, really want to work with our players and support staff to achieve success at our County," Gillespie said. "We believe our club is moving in the right direction on and off the field and I am excited to be part of it. I am learning a lot about coaching and people where I am now. I love my job, I would look at an international opportunity down the line but not at this stage."
Apart from his desire to carry on with Yorkshire, Gillespie also has a young family to consider - the significant amount of global travel entailed in an ECB job is also likely to factor into his thinking. Gillespie had previously applied to be Australia's bowling coach in a post-playing career that has also taken him to Zimbabwe.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets hereFeeds: Daniel Brettig
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